PNG Sports Foundation

Pacific Games medalists recognized

As promised during the welcome reception to recognize the athletes, the cheque for K1 million was presented yesterday.

Team PNG recorded 105 medals in total at the Pacific Games.

Chief Executive Officer of PNG Sports Foundation, Albert Veratau said the money will be shared among the medalists, with gold medalists receiving K5000 each, silver K2500 and Bronze K1000.

Going rural to go global

This is in line with their new policy and motto of “Going Rural to Go Global”. The aim is to identify and develop raw talents that are hidden in the rural areas of the country.

The regional youth games for Momase kicked off yesterday in Madang. This is the second regional game after Milne Bay for Southern Region which was held last year.

Athletes were told that this new pathway will create a platform for hidden talents within the rural areas to be identified.

Momase Regional Youth Games set

The games will feature four different sporting codes.

These include basketball, soccer, volleyball, and rugby touch. These are commonly played games and will be great for the youths to be involved in familiar sports. Some other sports will be added in the future regional games.

Momase Regional Youth Games has attracted interest from all provinces in the region. Veratau confirmed that he has received reports that most of the districts in the Momase region are gearing up for the event.

Madang to host Momase Regional Youth Games

Delegations from the trio partner coalition, the PNG National Youth Development, the PNG Sports Foundation and the Department of Community Development and Religion were excited to host the handover ceremony of the Regional Youth Games Council Flag being handed over to the Mamose Regional Youth Games Committee Chairlady, Nane Tomala.

This biannual event was initially hosted in 2021 in the Southern Region in Milne Bay Province and was supposed to be held in the New Guinea Islands Region, unfortunately due to COVID19 restrictions it was cancelled and shifted to Mamose to host.

PNGSF Directed To Release Health Equipment

He has directed PNGSF Executive Director, Albert Veratau to allow the NCDPHA staff to have access to facilities at the Rita Flynn sports complex by Wednesday, June 29.

The directive came in response to the lockdown of the Rita Flynn Sports Complex and the withholding of critical medical equipment, such as the GeneExpert machine belonging to the NCDPHA. 
The PNGSF closed its doors due to outstanding funds of K6.2 million owed to the PNGSF for the use of the RTC and other facilities.

National Sports Policy Launched

Papua New Guinea’s sporting fraternity witnessed a milestone achievement in moving sports forward with the launch of its 4th edition of the new Sports Policy 2020-2050.

Prime Minister James Marape and Minister for Sports and DHERST, Wesley Raminai witnessed the event.

The purpose of the Sports Policy is to present a framework for sports development and recognizing sports as a tool for driving change in PNG, captured in the policy vision statement, Excellence in Sport and an advanced nation.

Tripartite MoU signed for Regional Youth Games

The Regional Youth Games allows for a way forward for the engagement of youth in the rural areas, to participate in sporting tournaments to be hosted in districts.

The three agencies believe that sports is a catalyst for change and character development that enforces growth, mindset change, instils discipline and positive behaviour.

Each party to the MoU is now given the mandate to facilitate more sporting activities for youth in the rural areas, in consultation with District Development Authorities, where there is a rural focus approach.

Sporting facilities on lockdown

The PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.

Inadequate access to water undermines participation: Report

The research also identified a range of constraints including limited access to clean toilets; ongoing water shortages; limited availability of soap for handwashing; an absence of facilities for women and adolescent girls to manage menstruation; and lack of accessible facilities for use by people with disabilities.

The findings will be launched on February 8th, and will inform the PNG Sports Foundation’s current review of the national sports policy.

Net-Fest competition ends

The competition was to keep the interest of the code burning amongst young and old netballers while the Port Moresby Netball Association competition is on recess.

The 3 weeks of Net-Fest attracted 9 teams competing in under 17, 21 and open divisions for 3 Saturdays.

National Sports Trustee Limited’s events and competition coordinator, Gure Gabina, said the response from teams was overwhelming and indicates the growing interest amongst Papua New Guinean women.